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Focus Groups Need Homeschool Input!

Free Library Survey

I received this email and thought I would pass it along to you all,
if you would like to participate.

     My name is Elizabeth Kenny, and I am the School-Age and Outreach Coordinator in the Youth Services and Programs office of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Currently, the Free Library is looking to increase the services and programs we provide for homeschool students and their caregivers. To further this goal and ensure we are moving in the right direction, we would like to organize a focus group for homeschool caregivers. If this is something you would be interested in participating in, please complete the following survey: https://goo.gl/forms/Y3NazsVP3JoVhrYn2. Also, please forward this email to anyone else you know might be interested.

Once we have gathered contact information for a small group of interested participants for this this focus group, we will work to schedule a convenient time for caregivers.

Thank you!

Liz

Elizabeth Kenny
School-Age & Outreach Coordinator
Parkway Central Library
Youth Services and Programs
1901 Vine Street | Rm 5
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
215-686-5372 | Fax: 215-686-5374
kennye@freelibrary.org | www.freelibrary.org

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Museum of the American Revolution
Focus Group & Survey

Again, another email I am sharing with you all, if you would like to join.

Greetings All,

Thank you again for your interest in participating in a focus group to help the Museum of the American Revolution plan useful digital interactives for 5th grade students and teachers.

We are excited to say that we have rescheduled the focus group for Tuesday, December 12th. 

From 6 – 7:30pm, we’re looking for both classroom and homeschooling educators to give us your opinions on our digital interactives. From 7:45 – 9pm, we are asking any educators who have previously brought students to the museum to share your thoughts on the best/most important/most interesting stories from our exhibit as a whole.

Refreshments will be provided and all participants will receive a $25 gift card. Any who stay for Part II will receive an additional gift.

To RSVP, please email the following to education@amrevmuseum.org:

Name
School / District (if a classroom educator)
Homeschooling Association Affiliations (if a homeschooling educator)
Grades taught
Subjects taught
Best # to reach you at

Please feel free to share this opportunity with friends and colleagues – we are looking for as many opinions as we can get!
Also, if you have not already, please fill out our survey – it only takes 10 minutes and 1 lucky respondent will win a $100 gift card! http://bit.ly/2BKu8HO

Thank you,

Adrienne G. Whaley
Manager of School Programs and Partnerships
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. Third Street.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Office: 267.579.3992
awhaley@amrevmuseum.org
http://www.AmRevMuseum.org

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Check out the Blog!

Head on over to the actual blog, not just an email in your inbox!
And see what’s been added!

It’s taken quite some time but all in ONE click you can click on a website to (MOST) every place that has been listed on the blog at some point!! Whew!!! Check out the Quick Links Tab. 

All in ONE spot, to this organized crazy woman, that’s awesome!! Use this to find some classes you could organize and visit with a group of homeschoolers!

And scroll to the very end to find links to each of the Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips posts! (7 sets of great trip lists!) 6 years of posts!!!!

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Newly added is also a listing of “all known to me” Annual Homeschool Days. Check on the tab with the same title to see that listing! Most are located here in Philly, but I did throw in some a little further away.

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Do you have a teen or soon to be homeschooling thru high school? Check out the Teen Tab for a listing of Internships, Classes, Programs, Dual Enrollment, and Diploma Programs!

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Looking for a class for your homeschooler to take? There’s a growing list of locations that offer homeschool specific classes (some at great discounts!). Check out the Classes Tab! This list is continually being added to, as new classes are being created all over the city! There are so many opportunities! There are some local establishments that offer a discount to homeschoolers to visit during certain times (not necessarily a class).

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Are you looking to join a co-op, group or some sort of support network for yourself and your child? Check out the growing list of groups in and around Philadelphia that other homeschoolers are involved in at the Groups/Co-ops Tab.

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Do you need some encouragement on this homeschooling Journey? Check out the Christian Encouragement Tab for a listing of past posts written by Gwen Fredette over the years!

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Do you have a little one or a friend with some littles that’s considering homeschooling, or has some big kids and some littles in the mix that need some structure to the day? Check out the Toddlers, Pre-K Tab for a full FREE! 35 day plan for teaching them, keeping them busy and enjoying them during your day!

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Again, these are all ‘known to me’. I am sure I have missed a few in every spot. Would you shoot me an email or comment and let me know what you have participated in or know about so it can be added to bless other homeschoolers who find this blog? Thanks!

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upcoming classes

KNITTING

WHAT:  Learn to Knit! Your child will learn about different fibers and where they come from, basic knitting stitches, how to read a pattern, and how to knit in the round using both double pointed and circular needles. They will be making a cotton dish cloth and a hat. Students are responsible for their own supplies, about $30, use my contact information below for a full list.

WHEN: 10 week course on Tuesdays starting November 28th

TIME: 11 am to noon

WHERE:  Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St, Philadelphia

COST: $200 with a nonrefundable deposit of $50. The class size is limited to 10 children, but if there is enough interest I may be able to book another class.

AGES: 9 and up

FOR MORE INFO: and to sign up, please contact Jennifer Crimmins at Knittykeen@gmail.com.

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DRAWING TECHNIQUES

uncorked artist

WHAT: Join Terri Waterman as she guides you through 4 weeks of drawing techniques that will have you on your way to creating awesome pictures all your own!

Week One : Faces ( composition and techniques)
Week Two : Upside Down Drawing Technique
Week Three: Contour Drawing
Week Four : Pointalism
You will need to provide your own sketch pad and pencils. We will have professional supplies on hand that the kids can experiment with during class.
You will recieve a summary for each workshop that can be included in your portfolio on what was covered.

WHEN: 4 Tuesdays in November (come as many as you want)

TIME: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE:  held at the beautiful and newly renovated Uncorked Artist Studio in Warminster, PA Located at 1414 Old York Rd

COST: $15- ($10 additional sibling); Pay up front for ALL 4 weeks you will receive $10 TOTAL off of the class fee. Payment can be made online via paypal to: Coyne4now@aol.com  Please choose friends and family so no fees are incurred. If you want to pay in person, you can bring cash the day of the class.

AGES:  8 and Up (This is open to kids AND adults!!! )

FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Wendy at gogreenwithwendy@gmail.com

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2-3D DIGITAL FABRICATION

WHAT:  Home School Makerspace Creative Time with Terrence Scott Cooper. Learn how to use the Laser Cutter and 3D printer in our Innovation Center. Create gears, animal sculptures and other three dimensional objects. Materials are provided.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 16-February 13

TIME: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

WHERE:  Abington Art Center 515 Meetinghouse Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046

COST: $125/$115 members

AGES: 7-12

FOR MORE INFO: Innovation Center Info; Abington Art Center information will be posted in December on their website; contact Marge Horner with interest at mhorner@abingtonartcenter.org

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A Smattering of things….

deptford h.s. skate2

Located at Deptford Skating Center  510 Deptford Ave.   Westville, NJ 08093
For more information: click HERE and scroll down for the flier

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Tyler Arboretum Homeschool Days

WHAT: Visit the Arboretum for hands-on learning in an outdoor setting. Connect with other homeschool families in this program exclusively for you. Admission to the Arboretum is included; stay for just the program or for the entire day! Each program is aligned to PA state educational standards.

WHEN: 3rd Tuesday of each month

TIME: 10 – 11:30 am

WHERE: Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

WHO: This program is best suited for ages 5-12, but is open to all ages.

COST: $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Tutoring Services and a High School Logic Class

Somers Tutoring Services : Specializing in Classical Education

  • 30+ years of teaching and tutoring by certified teachers.
  • Education: BA Philosophy and History and a BS in Information Technology from UMASS, Masters in Teaching, and additional advanced graduate work in Philosophy. BA in Classics and history from Amherst College and a Masters of Education.
  • We are a father and mother of eight, classically homeschooling our own children.

We are here to help…

  • Do you need help teaching your child a difficult concept or subject?
  • Do you simply need a tutor for an older child while you work more with younger children?

We provide tutoring in…

  • Writing
  • English/Literature
  • Language Arts
  • Logic
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Natural Science/Biology
  • Study Skills
  • American/World History
  • Latin
  • Test Prep

*Bonus*!!!!!!!!!!!   This fall, we are offering a Logic course that is open to students 7th to 12th grade, taught by a seasoned classical educator who has both a BA and an MA in philosophy.

  • Registration for this class is NOW OPEN!

CALL John & Megan Somers at 610-291-2930 or EMAIL US at megansomers@gmail.com.  We offer in person tutoring.  Also, ask us about our online tutoring option and our other flexible options.

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A Great Pass for Downtown! 


WHAT:
 Start Exploring with Philadelphia’s Historic District Pass. The Pass is perfect
for first-time visitors and families with kids. It includes one-time admission to the
National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground; and two all-day Philly PHLASH passes.

COST: $18 for adults, $13 for youth (ages 4-12).

WHAT: New for 2017, Philadelphia’s Historic District: Museum Pass offers visitors “more to explore.” Perfect for return visitors and older kids, it includes one-time admission to
the African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish
History, and Philadelphia History Museum.

COST: $23 for adults, $17 for youth (ages 13-17).

Both Passes are available exclusively at the Independence Visitor Center.

Click HERE for more information.

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SAT PREP

WHAT: Is your student planning to take the SAT? Join PEPPER for SAT Prep Classes. Taught by an experienced SAT Tutor, this course will help prepare qualified upper level students for the verbal and mathematics sections of the SAT and the optional essay. Students will use Barron’s NEW SAT and should have completed both Algebra 1 and Geometry.

WHERE: Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA

WHEN: Wednesdays, 24 week course, beginning October 4th

TIME: 1:30-2:30 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Anne Hawthorn at anne@drhweb.net

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KIDSONG!!

WHAT: A wonderful 4 week opportunity for children to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving and creating. Children will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn World, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

WHERE: Cairn University 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047    Room MU 108 in the music building

WHEN: Tuesdays

TIME: 3:30-4:15 pm

WHO: 1st-4th grade- Oct. 3- Oct. 31 (no class Oct 17, Fall Break)

4th-8th grade- Nov. 14-Dec. 5

COST: $10 registration fee per child

FOR MORE INFORMATION: email Dr. Wolf at dwolf@cairn.edu or call (215)702-4323

 

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Calling All College Bound Homeschoolers

Don’t forget to enter the Wondern Awe Art Contest !

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Come join other homeschoolers for the
End of the Year Annual Homeschool Hangout! 

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All Graduating Homeschoolers are invited!

Greetings All,

On behalf of the Reach Higher Philly Committee, we would like to formally invite you to the 3rd Annual Reach Higher Philly College Signing Day on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center from 10:00am – 1:00pm. This event is aligned with Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative designed to celebrate ALL college-bound students and their commitment to complete their education beyond high school.

College Signing Day (Social Media)

Check out this Eventbrite link to register

and for more details!

(Homeschoolers would simply register under the parent and student spots.)

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Wondering How to Start Homeschooling?

Informational Meeting:  How to Start
Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Where:  Northeast Community Church  3300 Tyson Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19149

When:  Tuesday, May 16th, 2017; 6:30-8:30

Cost:  Free!

Why:  If you have any questions about how to start homeschooling, or just want to know more about it, this meeting will be helpful for you.

Please contact Angela Chung with any questions at angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com

**Please make note of the new location, due to elections held at the Northeast Library, the location was changed. **

Feel free to pass along to others!

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Wrapping up the 2016-2017 Homeschool Year

 

All Homeschoolers* in Philadelphia should have received an email or letter from the School District requesting homeschoolers to submit their “Home Schooling Evaluation Certification” by June 30th.   The “Home Schooling Evaluation Certification” is the form or letter provided by an evaluator after a student is evaluated.  If you did not receive an email or letter from the school district, please contact the Homeschooling Office via email at homeschooling@philasd.org.   Their phone # is 215-400-6695.

You can also click on this link (see below) to see a copy of the letter that was sent:

If you have questions about required paperwork in regard to homeschool law, HSLDA is always a great resource.  Their website is: HSLDA
Another great resource is Ask Pauline

*NOTE:  These “Home Schooling Evaluation Certifications” do not apply to students attending virtual charter schools.

Also if you have submitted a Notice of Intent to Homeschool (for students age 6 and 7) you are not required to summit a Home Schooling Evaluation Certification.

 

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Informational Meeting:  How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Where:  Northeast Community Church  3300 Tyson Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19149

When:  Tuesday, May 16th, 2017; 6:30-8:30

Cost:  Free!

Why:  If you have any questions about how to start homeschooling, or just want to know more about it, this meeting will be helpful for you.

**Please make note of the new location, due to elections held at the Northeast Library, the location was changed. **

Feel free to pass along to others!